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American Legion Mall

Indiana War Memorial Plaza National Historic Landmark

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 20, 2019
1. American Legion Mall Marker
Inscription.  American Legion Mall comprises two city blocks and is the largest of the five-city block plaza. The actual mall is located at the north end of this part of the plaza. The plaza's overall design is reflective of The National Mall in Washington, D.C. and the City Beautiful Movement, a popular design trend in the 1920's.

The American Legion, itself was the catalyst for the Indiana War Memorial Plaza. The history of this plaza is inextricably connected to the history of the American Legion. The search for the national headquarters location led to the creation of this plaza as one of the greatest national tributes to our veterans.

The same tools that General John Pershing used in laying the original Indiana War Memorial cornerstone in 1927 were used in a like ceremony on May 6, 1949 for the enlarged American Legion Headquarters. A time capsule was placed inside and contains the following: a current edition of the Indianapolis Star, other city newspapers, facsimiles of several historic documents and a history of the War Memorial, itself.

Throughout the 1990's three monuments were added to the mall to honor Indiana veterans
American Legion Mall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 20, 2019
2. American Legion Mall Marker
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of World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars.

World War II Memorial

★ North of the Korean War Memorial is the most recent addition to American Legion Mall, the World War II Memorial which was dedicated in 1999. This memorial is patterned after the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, but is larger in stature to distinguished the significance of World War II.

During WWII, one-half million Americans were killed, and another half-million were wounded. Unique to this memorial is the entablature listing the order of campaigns and operation. The World War II Memorial includes a computer database of the all Hoosiers who gave their lives.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Time Capsules series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 6, 1949.
 
Location. 39° 46.537′ N, 86° 9.371′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of North Pennsylvania Street and East North Street, on the right when traveling south on North Pennsylvania Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis IN 46204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Glencoe Building
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Indiana World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Indiana Vietnam and Korean Wars Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named American Legion Mall (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial Plaza (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial Plaza (about 500 feet away); Scottish Rite Cathedral (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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